June 12: The Who played Swansea, City Football Ground 1976

Famous bootleg .. great sound & concert.

3 songs were chosen for their 2010 album – Greatest Hits Live:

  • Pinball Wizard
  • I’m Free
  • Squeeze Box

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Sat, 12 June 1976:
Swansea, City Football Ground

Setlist:

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Substitute
  3. My Wife
  4. Baba O’Riley
  5. Squeeze Box
  6. Behind Blue Eyes
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May 23: “Tommy” by The Who was released in 1969

Ever since I was a young boy I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton, I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him in any amusement hall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid, Sure plays a mean pinball!

It is 46 years ago that the rock opera, Tommy was released, one of the first attempts at treating rock as an art form. The artists were The Who.

It’s a double album telling a loose story about a “deaf, dumb and blind kid”, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for historical, artistic and significant value.

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Feb 14: The Who recorded “Live At Leeds” in 1970

Rolling Stone [Magazine] hailed it as the best ever live album, and they may still be right…
~Chris Jones (BBC – 2007)

The only clips from this fantastic concert: 

  • Fortune Teller (0:00 to 0:05) –
  • Happy Jack (0:06 to 0:13) –
  • I’m a Boy (0:14 to 0:33) –
  • A Quick One While He’s Away (0:34 to 2:09) –
  • Christmas (2:10 to 3:05) –
  • Pinball Wizard (3:06 to 3:22) –
  • Go to The Mirror (3:22 to 3:26) –
  • Smash The Mirror (3:27 to 3:35)-
  • Tommy’s Holliday Camp (3:36 to 3:45) –
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It (with See Me, Feel Me) (3:46 at the end)

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December 3: The Who released My Generation in 1965

 An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout.
~Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)

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March 1: Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey

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I can’t retire.
~Roger Daltrey

First of all, you have to understand that I’m like anybody else. When I hear my voice on a record I absolutely loathe my voice. I cannot stand my voice.
~Roger Daltrey

He almost invented the pseudo-messianic role taken up later by Jim Morrison and Robert Plant.
~Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey tribute:

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Feb 7: The Who recorded Pinball Wizard in 1969

From the opening minor chords to the upward key change near the end, ‘Pinball’ is a rock tour-de-force, brimful of ideas, powerchords, great lyrics and tight ensemble playing.
~From “The Who – The Complete Guide To Their Music” (Charlesworth & Hanel)

Today we celebrate one of The Who’s best songs – Pinball Wizard.

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